Crisci Associates, March 2, 2015
(3/2/2015)
* House Passes Liquor Privatization Bill 114 To 87, Again, Senate’s Turn

The House Thursday passed House Bill 466 (Turzai-R-Allegheny) that would replace the state liquor store system with a privately owned wine and spirits system, by a vote of 114 to 87.

* Sen. Brewster Announces Senate Democratic Liquor Modernization Plan

Senate Democrats Friday outlined their liquor modernization plan-- Senate Bill 15-- a day after the House passed a liquor privatization plan.

* Wolf Announces Key Tax Changes, Economic Development Pieces Of His Budget

Gov. Tom Wolf Wednesday announced his 2015-16 Budget will include significant reforms aimed at three goals for economic development and creating good-paying, middle class jobs: creating a pro-growth business climate; building Pennsylvania’s manufacturing sector; and creating workforce partnerships for economic success.

* Wolf Budget Initiative To Improve Home, Community Based Care Services For Seniors

Gov. Tom Wolf Friday unveiled a package of legislative and budgetary actions to provide choice and protections for seniors as they age. Gov. Wolf, the Department of Human Services and the Department of Aging are committed to increasing opportunities for seniors to receive care in a home or community-based setting.

* Wolf’s Efficiency Office Identifies Over $100 Million In Savings So Far

Gov. Tom Wolf Thursday announced his administration has identified $109 million in projected cost savings and efficiencies within the first two weeks of the creation of the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Modernization and Efficiency (GO-TIME).

* Legislative Audit Shows House, Senate Have $132.6 Million Surplus

The bicameral, bipartisan Legislative Audit Advisory Commission, chaired by Rep. Mark Keller (R-Perry), Monday voted to accept the audit report of the General Assembly’s finances for the 2013-14 fiscal year as conducted by an independent certified public accounting firm.

* Wolf Accepts Kistler’s Withdraw, Senate Won’t Hold Hearings On Court Vacancies

Gov. Tom Wolf  Monday accepted Judge Thomas Kistler’s voluntary withdrawal of his nomination to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

* Political News & NewsClips

Here's a collection of NewsClips from around the state on political topics of interest--

* Governor's Schedule

Gov. Tom Wolf's work calendar will be posted each Friday and his public schedule for the day will be posted each morning.  Click Here to view Gov. Wolf’s Weekly Calendar and Public Appearances.

* Session Schedule

Here is the latest voting session schedule for the Senate and House--

* On The Senate/House Agenda

Here are the Senate and House Calendars and Committee showing bills of interest--

* Senate/House Bills Moving

The following bills of interest saw action in the House or Senate this week--

* Senators Introduce Proposals To Limit State Spending Growth

Senators Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) and Camera Bartolotta (R-Beaver) Monday announced the introduction of legislation that would protect taxpayers by limiting the growth of state spending.

* Rep. Payne Urges Regulation Of Online Gaming

In an effort to provide much-needed consumer protections while generating additional revenue for the Commonwealth, House Gaming Oversight Committee Majority Chair John Payne (R-Dauphin) Wednesday introduced legislation-- House Bill 649--  to regulate online gaming in Pennsylvania.

* Senate Agriculture Committee Approves Horseracing Industry Bill

The Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee Tuesday approved legislation-- Senate Bill 352--  that makes substantial regulatory changes necessary to protect and bolster Pennsylvania’s horse racing industry, according to Sen. Elder Vogel (R-Butler), Majority Chair of the Committee chairman and prime sponsor of the bill.

* Senate Approves Bill To Deny Public Benefits To Illegal Immigrants In PA

On Tuesday, the Senate passed Senate Bill 9 sponsored by Sen. Pat Stefano (R-Fayette) that would deny public benefits, such as Medicaid, welfare, and unemployment compensation to illegal immigrants living in Pennsylvania.

* Weeks Ahead

Upcoming meetings, hearings and other events on legislative issues in Harrisburg, unless otherwise noted.   NEW means new from last week.

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